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Contact: Steve Gibbons, 530-595-6102
MINERAL, CA –On Saturday, June 11, the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway will open to hikers and bicyclists from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the Hike & Bike the Highway event. "This is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy this scenic route and its magnificent vistas at their own pace," stated Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. "We look forward to welcoming visitors to this and many other events that will highlight Lassen Volcanic National Park's and the National Park Service centennials this year."
The hike and bike event will end at 8:00 p.m.–at which time it will be necessary for visitors to have completed their bike ride or hike before sunset when the cool nights may create icy conditions and motorized vehicles will then be permitted to drive the park highway. Lassen's Hike & Bike the Highway event is weather-dependent and may be cancelled at any time. Rock fall hazards may occur along the highway and we ask visitors to heed all warning signs.
A map is available for reference with distances and altitudes at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum. Come prepared for cool weather especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Lassen is a high elevation park ranging from 5,650 to 10,457 feet and weather can change quickly. Check the weather forecast before your visit and come prepared for the conditions. It is recommended that you wear layers and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Even on overcast days, sun exposure is greater at higher elevations.
Weather-dependent, the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway will "officially" open for through traffic on Sunday, June 12. The Warner Valley and Butte Lake Roads are already open with little to no snow. The Warner Valley area provides an opportunity for visitors to hike to Boiling Springs Lake and Devils Kitchen, two of the park's hydrothermal areas. The Juniper Lake Road remains closed as crews work to clear the remaining snow and winter debris from the road.
The Lassen Peak Trail is only open for over-snow travel and mountaineering equipment is strongly recommended. An ice axe, crampons or skis are necessary to safely travel on Lassen Peak. The Bumpass Hell trail remains closed due to snow.
The entrance fee into the park is $20 per vehicle or $10 per person ($20 per family) on a bicycle. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum Plaza.